Fresh from receiving his second nomination at the 2017 BET Awards, Ghanaian dancehall artist Stonebwoy is feverishly preparing to release his third studio album, 'Epistles of Mama' (EOM).
The 'Go Higher' hit singer has been frequenting Jamaica for some time and when BET Africa caught up with him for a chit chat, he revealed that he has been working on a number of collaborations there.
He explained that the Jamaican trips are aimed at "connecting with the foundation to make sure that we get some things going on." He added that, he has been busy collaborating with top Jamaican acts like Sizzla, Pressure, Jah Cure, Etana and I-Octane.
Asked when fans should expect the album, he said "'Epistles of Mama' coming by the end of the year." He initially planned to release it before April this year but had to change the date "just because we want to get some things well structured and properly foxed before we drop it."
Stonebwoy released 'Grade 1 Album' in 2012 followed by 'Necessary Evil' in 2014. He also released an EP - 'LIVINGSTON' in 2016. His third album is dedicated to his mother who passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2015.
Stonebwoy made history by becoming the first African dancehall artist to win the BET Best International Act: Africa award at the 2015 edition. He is hoping to make it a second this year.
Commenting on the BET nomination, the artist said it is his hard work that has paid off. "I worked that hard to warrant a nomination amongst those [other nominees]," he said and hopes to win again this year.
He will be competing with Wizkid (Nigeria), Davido (Nigeria), Tekno (Nigeria), AKA (South Africa), Nasty C (South Africa), Mr Eazi (Nigeria), and Babes Wodumo (South Africa) for the award at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on June 25.
Ernest Dela Aglanu